How to treat of books on apologetics

Hume writes,

Does it contain any experimental reasoning concerning matter of fact and existence? No. Commit it to the flame: for it contain nothing but sophistry and illusion

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17 thoughts on “How to treat of books on apologetics

  1. john zande says:

    Commit it to the the flame… I have to remember that line.

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  2. Arkenaten says:

    Excellent, and more so because of its concise brevity.


  3. Hume’s awesome. Love the quote.


  4. fojap says:

    Hume’s always been one of my favorites.


  5. nannus says:

    It has been noted, however (not by myself) that this might apply to Hume’s own book as well.


  6. ejwinner says:

    Theology is something like science fiction.

    Think of the literally hundreds of books written about the Star Wars and Star Trek universes – not just overt fictional narratives and criticism, but those ersatz ‘non-fiction’ books written to describe the cultures, the technologies, the politics in these universes. (Someone even ‘translated’ Shakespeare’s Hamlet into Klingon!) Obviously the people writing such books are passionate about helping to create credibility in these ‘alternate universes.’ The difference between them and the theologians and apologists is that the Trekkies and Jedis know the worlds they write about are alternative universes (of the imagination), while theologians are convinced they are writing about this universe, all evidence to the contrary not withstanding due to ‘faith.’

    But that’s the nature of the human mind – it is capable of the most profound and expansive fantasies, and capable also of committing to the reality of these.

    Hume lived during the Enlightenment, when intellectuals were developing a hope, and then a faith, in the power of reasoning to bring us to live in this universe without fantasy. But this may have proven another fantasy itself. Certainly reason seems absent from much public and political discourse these days….


    • makagutu says:

      I like the comparison between theology and science fiction. Theologians believe their make believe world really does exist.
      I think Hume was a giant. He explained his ideas concisely and with little ambiguity

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